The 2016 Gordon College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center Loggia and Chairman’s Room. Students from every discipline at Gordon are encouraged to submit their work from class projects, independent research, or from collaborative research with faculty. Again this year, students will be able to place their posters the day prior to the event starting at 3 p.m.
The deadline to submit abstracts is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. In addition to the poster title, authors, and abstract, students are requested to indicate:
We look forward to this celebration of undergraduate research at Gordon College!
The 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) was held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in the Ken Olsen Science Center. It was a huge success, featuring 45 tri-fold posters and 36 bulletin board displays displaying research across most of the majors in both the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science and in the Division of Social Sciences. In addition, work from the Princemere Journal was displayed.
Click below to see the full program.
URS-2014 Program (DOCX)
The 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) was held on May 9, 2012 in the Ken Olsen Science Center.
Once again, our students presented their research to the Gordon community. There were over 80 posters with over 100 student authors. New this year was technical talks and the addition of ePosters up on the large digital displays. It was a good day highlighting the variety and depth of student research. Awards were given to students in the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences categories.
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URS-2012 Program (PDF)
2012 Biological Sciences Winners
Bat Habitat Use during the Pre-Hibernation and Migratory Period
in Essex County, Massachusetts
by Thomas Horsley, Mike Muthersbaugh, Rafaell Rozendo under direction of Professor Greg Keller
MLSA of clpX, recG, and uvR Genes Reveals Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto Homogeneity in Chicago Area Ticks
by Luke Versland1, HaYoung Nam1, Tyler Carlson2, Jakob Ondrey2, Matt Schau2 under direction of Professor Justin Topp1
1Gordon College, 2North Park University
Bat Habitat Poster (JPG)
2012 Physical Sciences Winners
Nd: YAG-based LIBS for Elemental Analysis
by Danielle Duggins under direction of Professor David Lee
Noncontact Determination of Surface Tension by Means of Focused Acoustics
by Zachary Capalbo under direction of Professor David Lee
Nd-YAG LIBS Poster (PDF)
2012 Social Sciences Winners
Counting by Color: Event-Related Brain Potentials in Grapheme-Color Synesthetes
by Jocelyn Rioux under direction of Professor Bryan Auday
The Gift of Veracity: Trait Emotional Intelligence and the Ability to Perceive Facial Authenticity
by Derek Schoffstall, Alyssa Barkley, and Kimberly Sandiford under direction of Professor Suzanne Phillips
Counting by Color Poster (PDF)
2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium
The 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on May 11, 2011 in the Ken Olsen Science Center
Once again our students presented their research to the Gordon community. There were over 60 posters with 99 student authors. It was a good day highlighting the variety and depth of student research. Awards were given to students in the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences categories. See more on the winners below.
2011 Biological Sciences Winners
Landscape composition effects on small mammal richness and abundance in northern Massachusetts
by Eric Lindemann and Jonathan Harris under direction of Professor Greg Keller.
Development of a PCR protocol to screen Ixodes scapularis for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease
by Kimberly McCabe and Daniel Adam under direction of Professor Craig Story.
2011 Physical Sciences Winners
Structural Determination of a Synthetic Polymer by Gaussian Computational Modeling Software and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
by Kristen Entwistle under direction of Professor Dwight Tshudy (Gordon College) and Professor Terrence Collins (Carnegie Mellon University).
Conversion of Secondary Aliphatic Amine Moiety to Ketone by FeIII—TAML System
by Andrew Worth (Gordon College) and Longzhu Shen (Carnegie Mellon University) under direction of Professor Dwight Tshudy (Gordon College) and Professor Terrence Collins (Carnegie Mellon University).
2011 Social Science Winners
Do Christian College Undergraduates and Alumni Hold onto their Faith: or Do They View God as a Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist?
by Laurieann Smith, Lauren Stone, and Matt VanHamersveld under direction of Professor Kaye Cook.
The Quest for Cool
by Carly Geiman, Juliana Chase, and Sam Lahr under direction of Professor Jonathan Gerber.
2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium
There were 70 posters with over 110 student authors represented in the Competitive and General sessions. Many students are involved in research efforts both big and small. Students from Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and Psychology all presented their work. Best poster awards were selected in the competitive poster section for the categories of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.
See below for information about each of the winners.
2010 Biological Sciences Winners
Molecular Analysis of Spotted Salamander Populations: Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism and Genetic Diversity’s Correlation to Breeding Success
by Ken Hallenbeck, Rachel Keller, Seth Gerard, and Kim Spaulding under direction of Professor Dorothy Boorse.
The Effects of Ixodes dammini on vector-borne Lyme borreliosis prevalence in New England field sites.
by Marianne Domingues under direction of Professors Greg Keller and Craig Story.
2010 Physical Sciences Winners
Phenolic Polymerization Using FeIII—TAML System
by Kristen Entwistle under direction of Professors Dwight Tshudy (Gordon College) and Terrence Collins (Carnegie Mellon University).
Catalytic hydroamination with tantalum complexes of chiral amino alcohols
by Carolyn Heusser and Michelle Hansen under direction of Professor Adam Johnson (Harvey Mudd College). This poster was the result of an Research for Undergraduates (REU) experience
2010 Social Sciences Winners
The Role of Awareness in Letter Identification for a Grapheme-color Synesthete
by Melody Felton, Ryan Cappa, Tim Crosby, Anna Ebersole, Izabela Wisniewska, and Daniela Feitosa under direction of Professor Bryan Auday.
False Personality Attribution and the Perception of Personality Traits
by Jocelyn Rioux, and Kevin Capel under direction of Professor Deborah Teo.